2019 Anniversary Blend
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Strong Ale - American
4.56 | pDev: 3.29%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This year's Anniversary Blend combines three distinct threads, bringing forward a complex blend of barrel-aged strong ales. It is comprised of 45% Blue Ridge aged 12 months in second-use Maman barrels, 33% Maman aged 20 months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels, and 22% Wheat Wine aged 28 months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels. To continue on with this yearly blend, we’ve decided to leave this without adjuncts to let the beer speak for itself. Layers of chewy oak, chocolate covered raisins, finish with a rich body. Complex, yet surprisingly drinkable at 14.5%. Cheers to another year around the sun.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark-ish brown, with some black specks, and a small head, and not much lacing.

This smell like a complex and inviting beer, with chocolate covered caramel truffles, oak, bourbon, chocolate dipped espresso beans, raisins, dark fruit, vanilla.

This was crazy stuff - early on drinking this, I felt like the Maman was leading the way, as roast and dark chocolate truffle flavors were dominant. But as it warmed, the larger component of barleywine/wheatwine in the blend started to show, with bourbon, coconut leather, caramel, toffee, and vanilla battling out the chocolate, coffee, and roast flavors. There's basically no boozy flavor, just a slightly warming spice, as the bourbon just feels expertly woven in the various component threads here. Each component was aged for a very long time in barrels, with the Blue Ridge representative being in barrels for 12 months - and that was the shortest amount of time.

This is creamy, and very rich, and pretty thick, with basically no booziness. It's strong and warming, and I want so much more of it.

This is wonderful now, and I would imagine that it would age well. Even though there's no "adjuncts" there's still so many rich flavors just coaxed out of malt magic - chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee, etc - it's such a good blend.

Feb 03, 2020
2019 Anniversary Blend from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 11 ratings